Maintaining SAFE

Companies are required to submit audits in 2021 to meet their SAFE and COR program requirements.  The audit needs to cover the 12 months prior to the audit date.

As COVID-19 challenges continue, we are committed to working with you to navigate these uncertain times and provide guidance on your safety management system and audit requirements.

Annual Audit Submission

SAFE and COR Certification require an annual audit by a qualified auditor.  Within the three-year cycle, companies must submit an audit each calendar year on their certification anniversary date to maintain SAFE Certification.

Audits are required EVERY year. Your audit is due on your certification expiry anniversary date. However, there is more flexibility in maintenance years. You can delay until June 30th or December 31st, whichever comes first, without loss of SAFE Certification.

For example, a company certifying March 10, 2020 is due to submit a maintenance audit March 10, 2021 for the previous 12 months.  The audit will include records from March 2020 to February 2021.

To avoid a lapse in certification, re-certification audits must be submitted before the SAFE certification expiry date.

Re-certification and maintenance audits use the same form as the certification audit.

If your company has grown since the last audit, you may need to upgrade your SAFE Companies registration and program requirements. This may require additional training.

Please contact us before starting your next audit if there has been a change in any of the following: company size, name, ownership, auditor, business activities, WorkSafeBC account or classification(s) or other information affecting your account.

EXAMPLE

Your certificate expires March 10th

- In re-certification years, your audit MUST be submitted by March 10th

- In maintenance years, you can delay until June 30th

- Audit period is previous 12 months (March to February)

Your certificate expires July 21st

- In re-certification years, your audit MUST be submitted by July 21st

- In maintenance years, you can delay until December 31st

- Audit period is previous 12 months (July to June)

Audits should include the most recent information from the previous 12 months. There are two options: 

1. Submit an audit within the month prior to the audit due date.

For example: If your audit due date is December 12, 2020, your audit time period would be December 2019 to November 2020.

2. Submit the audit in the same month of the audit due date.

For example: If your audit due date is December 12, 2020, you could include December 2020 in the audit submission changing the audit period from January 2020 to December 2020.

For additional information, see the Terms and Conditions for maintaining SAFE.